West Star Aviation recently built a new 67,000 square foot hangar at St. Louis Regional Airport in Bethalto, as business has been booming.  Many of those in the aviation industry have noticed the work being done there and at the company's other facilities, and has recognized West Star with a #1 ranking in the "Best MRO" category.

MRO stands for Maintenance Repair and Overhaul, and West Star has won the award for three consecutive years.  West Star's President of Marketing Debi Cunningham tells The Big Z to be honored by industry peers is satisfying.

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Miller says there is at least one person attached to every plane that is being serviced, so that means there is a steady stream of clients from other places booking local hotel rooms and spending money in the Riverbend.

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